Chickens naturally lay fewer eggs in the colder, darker months of winter. Some breeds stop entirely. Fertility is usually lower in the winter, too, so fewer chicks will hatch. In addition, in the fall and winter, our hens will be molting and regrowing new feathers for the coming year, so even those breeds that are good winter layers may lay reduced numbers of eggs, or may briefly stop laying until molting is over. That means that in the fall and winter, the selection of breeds we have available will be greatly reduced.
In addition to hatching issues, it is more difficult to ship baby chicks in very cold weather, and we want to ship our babies safely. Generally from late November to early February, our smallest minimum is 8, to ensure safety. In the warmer months, our smallest minimum in 3.